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Direct Seed Conference Offers Partial Registration

PULLMAN, Wash. — Growers and agricultural advisors who attend the Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference in Spokane, Jan. 16- 18, will learn about the latest research and growers’ experiences with direct seeding.

“People who can’t attend the entire conference may register for one or two-day options at reduced cost,” said Roger Veseth, Washington State University and University of Idaho extension conservation tillage specialist.

Pesticide applicator recertification credits for Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are available.

The Conference will feature 24 speakers, including 10 Northwest and Canadian growers. Topics include changes in nutrient cycling and fertility management over time; managing for improved soil biology and direct seed benefits to soil health; redesigning crop rotations; and Brassica crop selection and management.

Panel sessions will also provide in-depth discussions on: impacts and management of soil acidity, the make-up and management of key soil borne crop pathogens; field record systems, mapping strategies and the integration of financial and physical farm data; grower experiences across the low, intermediate and high precipitation zones; strategies for managing heavy wheat residue; and intensifying rotations in the low and intermediate rainfall zones. The activities and accomplishments of the PNW Direct Seed Association will also be highlighted.The complete agenda and registration details are available on the Web at http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu/directseed/.Information also is available by calling the conference office at (509) 547-5538.

Meetings will be in the Doubletree Hotel – City Center in Spokane.The conference is being held in conjunction with Spokane Ag Expo– the largest Inland Northwest Ag Show — and the PNW Farm Forum.Direct Seed Conference registration includes admission to Ag Expo and Farm Forum, a savings of $17.

Sponsors of the conference are the Pacific Northwest STEEP program and the PNW Direct Seed Association, in conjunction with 11 agricultural companies and 12 Pacific Northwest grower organizations and other organizations.

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